DEVOLUTION OF COLLECTION OF PERMANENT VOTERS CARDS TO REGISTRATION AREAS/WARDS
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) carried out the Continuous Voters' Registration (CV R) exercise between 27th April 2017 and 31st August 2018 during which a total of 14,283,734 new voters were registered. Subsequently, the Commission printed the Permanent Voters' Cards (PVCs) of the new registrants and delivered them to the states.
Following appeals by members of the public and its desire to make it easier for Nigerians to collect their PVCs, the Commission held its regular weekly meeting on Thursday 10th January 2019 and took the following decisions among others:
1. Collection of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) by members of the public, which is being done presently at the Commission's Local Government Offices, is to be devolved to the 8,809 Registration Areas/Wards from 16th to 21st January 2019 (including Saturday and Sunday).
2. After 21st January 2019, collection of PVCs will revert to the Commission's Local Government Offices and other designated centres to be determined by the states until 8th February 2019, being the last day for collection.
3. There will be no extension for the collection of PVCs after the 8th day of February 2019. All uncollected PVCs will be retrieved and kept in a secured place till the general elections are over.
4. There shall be no collection of PVCs by proxy.
5. The Commission, in the spirit of transparency, will give account of the number of PVC; collected and the balance from previous registrations.
The Commission urges all registered voters who are yet to collect their PVC: to seize this opportunity to do so.
Barrister Festus Okoye,
National Commissioner and Chairman,
Information and Voter Education Committee
11th January 2019.